LITTLE ROCK, AR- Their honor flight went on despite it being unclear whether the veterans would be allowed in.
They received a hero's welcome when the Honor Flight touched down at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.
Then it was a day full of monumental sights, the air force memorial was open despite the shutdown, but the Lincoln Memorial unfortunately was closed.
Of course the most important memorial to these veterans is the WWII memorial.
The sign said closed, but that wasn't going to stop these vets who rolled past the barricades to the amusement of applauding crowds that gathered.
No one was going to stop them from going inside the memorial made for them. Meant as a quite place to reflect , on those lost, those met, those memories of the war many years ago.
"What do I remember about the war?" said Marvin Hill the oldest veteran on the trip. "It was a terrible thing."
Lloyd Kesterson remembers how close he came to losing his life during the Battle of the Bulge.
"When we got back to our foxhole lightening had struck the tree and stuck it right down in the foxhole," he said. "If we'd been in there we'd have been crushed."
Getting the chance to walk around the pool, read the etchings on the memorials walls, appreciate it all.
"Oh, it's just a great pleasure," said Kesterson. "A great pleasure."
Treated to applause and encouragement every step of the way.
On the flight home there were mail calls like they had in the service.
"Bill Hampton, is Bill Hampton here?" called an Honor Flight organizer.
But this time the letters were from school children, relatives, thanking them for fighting for our country.
Back in Arkansas there was an equally moving homecoming.
The end of a truly incredible journey.
"I just can't explain it," said Lloyd Webb. "It's just inside me that's all I know , I can't explain it."
This is the last honor flight to leave out of Little Rock, but there will be one more out of Bentonville.
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